Take Ten Lands Listed Jebel Ali Sprint

Apprentice Monaghan In Winners Circle for Trainer, Seemar

Friday’s Listed Shadwell Jebel Ali Sprint, produced a thrilling finish with the lead changing four times in the final 100m but the win finally went to Take Ten under apprentice Marc Monaghan.

Kilt Rock, second in the race last year and third in 2012, was involved in a fierce fight throughout the first 400m with Mujaazef. The pair duelled ferociously until about 100m out when Kilt Rock had a definite advantage as Mujaazef started to wain and relinquished the lead.

Kilt Rock looked to have the race at his mercy only to tire allowing three challengers to stake a claim on the race from the centre of the track.

At about the 50m pole, Fityaan, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and runner-up in this race two years ago, hit the front, only to be tackled by stable companion Shaishee – like Fityaan owned by race sponsor HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Shaishee threatened to get up, only for Fityaan to find more, before the Satish Seemar-trained Take Ten appeared on the scene, leading literally in the final strides.

As the trio crossed the line, Shaishee was clearly third but Fityaan had his head down and it was desperately close between him and Take Ten.

It was Take Ten, a 14th and most important UAE winner for apprentice, Marc Monaghan, who won by a nose to provide Seemar his fourth win in the race.

Monaghan, who rode a Group 3 winner in his native Ireland last year, said: “This horse has been running this season without enjoying much luck but things fell into place here. He had shown he handled the dirt so that was never an issue and the fast early gallop has helped him finish strongly.

“To be honest, when we crossed the I was not sure if we were in front. Luckily we were.”

Seemar, completing a double after added: “It would be nice to run him World Cup night if an invitation for the Al Quoz Sprint was forthcoming.”

The trainer was completing a 1000m double having saddled Glenleven to victory in a handicap over the minimum trip 30 minutes earlier.

Stable jockey, Richard Mullen, was in the saddle and explained: “We have always thought an awful lot of this horse who works so well at home but, other than his maiden win here, he has been a bit disappointing. He enjoyed the return to 1000m here and can hopefully prove he is as talented as we think he is.”

The Al Muhairi-trained Russian Rock, seeking a record third win in the featured sprint, was only seventh but the trainer was on the scoreboard with Stalactite making a winning local debut in the opening 1200m maiden under apprentice Noel Garbutt.

That took the trainer to 32 winners for the season, briefly one behind reigning Champion Trainer Ernst Oertel, but the victory of Oertel’s Touch Gold in a 1400m handicap means Oertel leads 34-32 as the season reaches its climax.

Touch Gold was ridden by Daniel Muscutt, a third apprentice to partner a winner on the afternoon and winning on the horse for the third time this season.

The meeting concluded with an 1800m handicap, won by Paul Hanagan on Sheikh Hamdan’s Jalaa, trained by Doug Watson.

The easiest winner on the card was Ennobled Friend, losing his maiden tag at the fourth attempt on his first start for trainer Ahmad bin Harmash. They turned a 1600m handicap into a procession.